Best Fidelity Mutual Fund of 2013: Select Biotechnology Fund is at All-Time High

Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund (FBIOX, last change: 1.46%)

The Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund (FBIOX, last change: 1.46%) has rewarded investors with a stellar 50.06% year-to-date return, which makes FBIOX the best-performing Fidelity fund this year. The bull market for the biotech sector started in November 2012 and has continued in 2013 with only one interruption in June. After the June correction FBIOX regained momentum and continues to make higher highs.

 

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Top 10 Fidelity Sector Funds For The Summer Rally

Fed chairman Bernanke’s comment last week stating that the Fed’s policy will be highly accommodative for the foreseeable future led to an across-the-board rally for the U.S. stock market. The market looks decidedly bullish, with many sectors breaking out to new highs.

On the other hand, we are in the middle of the earnings season, which is often associated with increased volatility. Given the current market environment, what are the best investment choices for Fidelity investors?

To answer this question, first lets look at the data. The table below shows the ranked list of the top 10 Fidelity mutual funds based on three-month return, a measure of price momentum.

Top 10 Fidelity Mutual  Funds

Top 10 Fidelity Mutual Funds

Source: FidelitySignal.com

Surprisingly, all of the Fidelity funds on the top 10 list are sector funds. This is highly unusual. Even a few months ago, we would have seen international funds (e.g. Japanese funds) or other investment choices on this list. Even beaten down sector funds, such as the Fidelity Real Estate Investment Fund (FRESX), are now turning bullish. Consequently, the data tells us that smart money is on U.S. sector investments right now.

The second observation is that the list of top Fidelity funds is highly diversified. In addition, all of the ten funds have returned more than 10% in the last three months, in spite of the recent market correction.

The current leaders are the Fidelity Select Automotive (FSAVX), the Fidelity Select Biotechnology (FBIOX) and the Fidelity Select Banking (FSRBX) funds. In addition, it is important to note that four out of the ten funds are related to the finance sector.

Companies investing in the consumer sector are also bullish. The best fund to play this trend is the Fidelity Select Retailing (FSRPX) fund.

For investors who are looking for emerging trends in technology, the Fidelity Select Software and Computers (FSCSX), the Fidelity Select IT Services (FBSOX) and the Fidelity Select Electronics (FSELX) funds offer new opportunities.

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Sector Rotation: Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund

Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund (FBIOX, last change: 2.07%)

The Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund (FBIOX, last change: 2.07%) has made a new 52-week high yesterday. After the May correction the biotech sector stabilized in mid June, which was followed by a new market rally. In our view, FBIOX is one of the best biotech  funds available to investors, so we are not surprised that it outperformed other biotech mutual funds and ETFs during the recent volatile period.

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